Hip2B2: youth brand challenge comes KZN

2010-07-28 00:00

DO YOU fancy yourself as a maths and science whizz kid? The KZN leg of the national 2010 HIP2B² iTHINK Challenge is now open for entries.

HIP2B² is calling for pupils from grades eight to 12 to submit applications for the KZN round of the competition, which will be held on August 3 at Raisethorpe Secondary School.

HIP2B² is a youth brand, founded by entrepreneur Mark Shuttleworth, with the aim of inspiring pupils to continue with what is referred to as STEM subjects, namely science, technology, entrepreneurship and maths, throughout their schooling careers.

Parts of the competition in KZN and in other provinces will coincide with National Science Week (NSW).

According to organisers, the KZN programme will be jam-packed with activities.

Starting off the event will be HIP2B² TV show presenter Erin Classen.

HIP2B² brand ambassadors (grade 10 pupils who underwent a rigorous selection process to qualify for the position) will then host mini conferences called “For Learner by Learners”. These conferences will be in line with the 2010 NSW theme, Science in Economics. Pupils will learn about local entrepreneurs who use STEM in their everyday lives, while running and maintaining sustainable businesses.

Thereafter entrants will get the opportunity to battle it out by putting their maths, science and technology skills to the test. This will be done over five consecutive knock-out rounds of quizzes, challenges and experiments. The last team standing will take the title as KZN 2010 HIP2B² champions, and will go to the finals in Cape Town to compete with teams from the other eight provinces.

Raisethorpe grade 10 pupil Ahalya Sewpersadh (15) believes that taking on the role of an ambassador has changed her life.

It has been an inspiration to encourage other youngsters to dream big by letting them know that with hard work and self-will you can achieve those dreams, no matter how big or impossible they seem,” said Sewpersadh, an aspirant engineer.

Raisethorpe is the only school in KZN that was able to field two brand ambassadors. The ambassadors had the opportunity to meet Shuttleworth and brainstorm with him on ideas for upcoming events. They also underwent leadership training camps.

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